What was your first Windows?
My greatest feat of Windows legerdemain was right at the end, when I made a Visual Basic program with no graphical user interface. It just listened to commands over the network and gave me remote control over starting and stopping programs. I had an annoying roommate who would leave (very bad) music playing while he wasn't even in the room, you see....
There were three or four different places you could leave a command to run at startup, including something buried deep within the Windows Registry. My Visual-Basic-without-a-graphical-user-interface program would search all of them and re-insert itself if it had been removed from any of them.
@Gargron Windows 3.1, before I understood what computers really could do. What a weird and wonderful time that was
@polychrome It was where all the games were!
Although I discovered some of them could actually be run from either side. IIRC Castle of the Winds 2 was one of them. But mostly I only remember Windows having Solitaire and MS Paintbrush.
@active Not everyone has the time or patience to deal with *NIX. I'm a programmer both at work (*NIX) and at home (Windows). The tools I use for game dev and my own enjoyment, some of which have existed since Windows 98, run on Windows. I have a workflow.
Sliding into mentions off-topic to extol the virtues of using software you like is not the way to spread the love. Nobody was looking for a solution to a problem. We were waxing nostalgic. Please be considerate. :)
@gargron I picked 7, but 3.11 is a close second - it was oddly adorable. I think it's the pixel art.
@Gargron No love for Windows 2000? I heard it was one of the more stable Windows versions ever made...
Stopped using Windows around XP-Vista period
having using all of the versions before that, would honestly say spent the least amount of time trouble shooting Milenial Edition .
@Gargron None of the above.
In the early '90s, I was the "resident geek" in an all-Mac design studio; part of my job involved using our single Windows NT box to convert WordPervert and Corel Draw files into formats we could use in Illustrator, PageMaker, and QuarkXPress. Windows was the work of Satan.
Everything Microsoft ever made was a rotten 3rd-rate rip-off of something else far better.
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